About

Interesting People Reading Poetry is a short, sound-rich podcast created by Andy & Brendan Stermer. We ask artists and luminaries to read us a favorite poem and share what it means to them. We believe, with Pinsky, that “poetry is a vocal, which is to say a bodily, art.” We eschew disembodied academic analysis in favor of personal, emotional resonance. Guests include Representative Ilhan Omar, On Being host Krista Tippett, and MacArthur “Genius” entomologist Marla Spivak, among many others.

Brendan Stermer
Brendan Stermer (host, producer, editor) & Andy Stermer (composer, producer, editor)

Using their favorite poem as a conceptual & linguistic framework, our guests have explored questions including: ​What is the meaning of home to a refugee?What is God and what does God feel like?​;How can poetry save science from itself?; Why should we not steal the brown pills from Granny’s medicine cabinet?

We’ve been featured by the CBC Podcast Playlist, City Pages, Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota Monthly, the Poetry FoundationFlyover, and Millenials Don’t Suck.

We feature one short listener poem at the end of every episode. To submit, call the Haiku Hotline at 612-440-0643 and read your poem after the beep. For the occasional prompt, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Contact us at interestingpeoplereadingpoetry@gmail.com.

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